The Centre is happy to announce two events with Prof. Mitchell Merback (Johns Hopkins University).
LECTURE: “From Icon to Mirror of the Soul: Therapeutic Exchanges with the Man of Sorrows in Medieval and Renaissance Art”
Thursday, 19 January 2012, 4:00 p.m. in Room 301 (Centre for Medieval Studies, 125 Queen’s Park)
SEMINAR: “Radical in the Making: Sources and Strategies of Sebald Beham’s Devotional Graphics, 1518-21”
Friday, 20 January 2012, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon (Centre for Medieval Studies, 125 Queen’s Park)
Mitchell Merback is Associate Professor of the History of Art at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Specializing in northern European art of the later Middle Ages and Renaissance, he is the author of The Thief, the Cross and the Wheel: Pain and the Spectacle of Punishment in Medieval and Renaissance Europe (1999); and editor of Beyond the Yellow Badge: Anti-Judaism and Antisemitism in Medieval and Early Modern Visual Culture (2008). His new book, Pilgrimage and Pogrom: From Violence to Memory at the Host-Miracle Shrines of Germany and Austria, is forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press in Winter 2013.
Click here to download a poster for these events (includes an abstract).
Our 2011-2012 CMS/PIMS Distinguished Visiting Scholar Dr. Henrietta Leyser (Emeritus Fellow, St. Peter’s College, Oxford) will hold a series of events during her term at the University of Toronto. She will give two talks on the general topic “Mappying Piety”.
- Thursday, 9 February, 4pm: “England after the Conquest: a heartless land”
- Friday, 9 March, 4pm: “England after the Conquest: part of the Continent, after all?”
Click here to download a poster for these events.
Registration is now open for CMS’s 33rd Medieval Colloquium, “Imitation, Emulation, and Forgery: Pretending and Becoming in the Medieval World”:
Imitation implies both a faithfulness to its sources and also an inherent differentiation, and medieval culture used this space that embodied both sameness and difference as a particularly fertile zone; the religious found an imperfect mirror within the world and humanity, reflecting the transcendent world beyond matter; saints imitated Christ and one another, authors and poets looked to the models of both Christian and pagan antiquity, texts were copied and diffused, artists looked to the work of their forbears and the world around them, and knights fashioned themselves in the guise of the heroes of romance.
The Centre for Medieval Studies invites you to register now for its 33rd Medieval Colloquium, a 2-day conference to be held on March 2–3 2012 on the subject of imitation in the Middle Ages, featuring distinguished keynotes Jan Ziolkowski and Marjorie Curry Woods.
See the conference page for more information and a program.
We wish everyone an excellent New Year!
2011 was a good year for the Centre with many exciting events and nine students completing their dissertations. Congratulations to Drs. Adam Bishop, Susannah Brower, John Geck, Victoria Goddard, Giselle Gos, Ryan Greenwood, Peter Hartman, Andrew Hicks, and Laura Mitchell!
2012 is off to a promising start. We are looking forward to many fruitful exchanges with Henrietta Leyser, our CMS/PIMS Distinguished Visiting Scholar, and to the 33rd Medieval Colloquium of the Centre in March. Stay tuned for many other upcoming events, such as the Annual Chaucer Conference in April. This year’s meeting will be in honour of Richard Firth Green (Ohio State University), a CMS alumnus. And last but not least we are looking forward to the 14th International Congress of Medieval Canon Law in August.
The latest issue of UofT Magazine features Monique and Haijo Westra. Haijo finished his PhD at the Centre in 1979 and taught for many years Greek and Roman Studies at the University of Calgary. He has now retired from teaching. It was at UofT that he and his wife met.
A warm welcome to Dr. Henrietta Leyser, Senior Research Fellow at St. Peter’s College, Oxford, who is our 2011-2012 CMS/PIMS Distinguished Visiting Scholar. Dr. Leyser will be in Toronto from January to April. Her research program for the semester is entitled Mapping Piety and focuses on religious devotion in England, 1000-1300, drawing on insights gained from various disciplines and perspectives. Dr. Leyser has held Lectureships at Oxford and visiting professorships at Emory University and the University of Connecticut. Her publications include Hermits and the New Monasticism (1984), Medieval Women: A Social History of Women in England, 450-1500 (1995; sixth impression 2004), and numerous translations and articles. She is currently working on two large-scale projects, provisionally entitled A Journey Through the Seven Kingdoms in the Time of Bede and The Doors of Heaven: English Piety 1000-1300.
During her time in Toronto Dr. Leyser will give two public lectures dedicated to the topic of “Mapping Piety” (February 9 and March 9). She will also hold a series of informal seminars (by subscription). For more information see here.